During my recent second visit to Chile (I’ve been to Atacama and Easter Island in the past), I ventured further south to rugged Patagonia and dove deeper into this amazing country. Here’s 7 Tips to an indelible South American sojourn.
When To Go: Our winter in North America is summer in the southern hemisphere. November through March is the best time to visit. Note: the weather varies in this rugged terrain—and it is always windy!
How Long Do You Need: I recommend 4-5 nights to truly explore the Torres del Paine National Park. Drive times are long, so once you arrive at your lodge, unpack and stay awhile.
Where to Stay: My favorite lodge is Tierra Patagonia. Dramatically designed to blend into the landscape, the hotel’s aesthetic is warm, and the use of local woods is a nod to the indigenous Tehuelche people. But the guides at Tierra truly create an incredible experience!
What do: Hike, hike, hike! There are some amazing treks, including short ones to waterfalls and full-day, strenuous hikes, such as the eight-hour trek to the base of the twin spires of the famed Torres del Paine peaks.